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Congrats San Diego RNR!

June 6, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who ran San Diego RNR today!!!

Cindy, Colleen, Danielle, Diana, Emily, Jennifer, Kristin, Magdaly, Michelle, Monica, Shannon, Tara, Wil ROCKED IT!!!

I wish I could have been there to run with you!!

You all did amazing!

“If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission”

May 31, 2010

I stumbled across this today here. Recently I realized how much I’ve neglected myself in the past year or so. Manly because of school. This year is going to be good. I plan on doing new things! Just not sure what they are yet :)

I think I see the Knickerbocker 60K in my future….

NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix: Brooklyn

May 30, 2010

Helllo PR!

Let me start off by saying I had written off this race after the horrid experience I had at the Long Island half. I almost did not want to go to Brooklyn. It orginally was supposed to start at 8am and was changed to 7am. Guess what time I got to wake up that morning? 3:15 am Yay!

The race started in Prospect Park doing two loops around the park. Then down the Ocean Parkway ending in Coney Island.

Magdaly and I did not want to have to trek back up to Prospect Park after the race. Soo we drove to Coney Island and parked the car before the race and took the subway up to the park to the start. Just for the record Coney Island is scary looking at 5:05 am. It’s like a scene from a horror movie. Super creepy.

Pre-race: Magdaly and dropped our bags, got on the port-potty lines and did our thing. We saw our fellow TNT’r Robin who just did a Tri in St Croix! How cool!? Her boyfriend was running it and she was spectating. It was nice to have a face to find while running!

We headed to the corrals and lined up in the brown corral with the rest of the back of the pack. I sat on the ground and put a bandaid on my cracked toe which was killing me. Do you get that? It’s a little crack under the pinky toe. I get it every year at the start of the summer when I first start wearing sandals. Hate it.

Miles 1-3 HOLY CROWDED! The lanes of prospect park are a bit narrow. People with faster bibs were somehow lined up in the slow corral AKA Mine! They were pretty rude with the pushing and shoving to get through the pack. Not my fault you were late or in the wrong place! It was so crowded we missed our first 2 walk breaks because we could not slow down. There was a stampede behind us.

Mile 3: We were offically lapped by the runner who would clearly win the race. Depressing/inspiring at the same time.

Miles 4-6: Feeling good, crowd has finally thinned out and we’re almost out of the park!

Mile 7: We are out! Now on to the beach!!

Mile 8: I realized that I am feeling AWESOME and if I can step it up a tad I can make it under 3 hours. With Magdaly’s go for it I take off.

Miles 9-11: Heading straight down Ocean parkway all by myself I’m feeling good and keep running with minimal walk breaks. Some little girls on the side of the parkway yell “Hey Lady! You can do it!” They picked the perfect moment as I was starting to get tired.

Mile 12: I start seeing finishers heading back yelling out “You’re almost there!” Did I ever tell you how much I hate hearing that at races? I only want to hear it when I can see the finish line. But when it’s coming from finishers I know they are right!

Mile 13: I come off the parkway and I am directed up the ramp to the boardwalk. A volunteer tells me the end is right around the corner and I believe them. I SPRINT up this steep ramp, turn the corner and realize I’ve been had. Bastards! There is still about .60 left! I take a quick walk break and then keep running. Luckily the boardwalk is full of distractions with food stands, shops, and beer bars. I contemple stopping for a mragarita to carry across the finish line. I decide against it and keep going.

Mile .10: I approach the finish line and the camera guy signals me to put my hands up in victory. Yay I’m done! And I finished under 3 hours! PR WOOT!

I walk through the finishers area, get myself some water and a bagel. They had chocolate chip bagels! Bad idea. I had messy chocolate chip hands. Gross!

I walk back to the .10 area to wait for Magdaly, see her coming and jump in to finish with her. I realize I’m still holding the banana they gave me at the end and stick in the back pocket of my shorts. Too funny watching me shove a banana in the pocket of my race readys I’m sure. I run across with Magdaly and pause before the finish as they try to take my picture again that they should take hers.  Here is the result. It looks like I’m trying to do a little dance. Too funny!

Even though it was a super early day I had such an amazing run! I cannot wait to do Brooklyn again next year!!

Official finisher time: 2:59:09

Thanks Brooklyn!

GRADUATION!!!!!!

May 21, 2010

It’s over I’m done!!! I did it! I graduated!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!

Would you believe we got a medal at graduation?! The Stony Brook Marathon is what my mom started calling it!

Kuma and I on the bus to the ceremony

Mom, me, Kim and Dad

I’m baking in the sun somewhere in there
I did it! It’s so nice to finally finish this chapter of my life! Go me!

Check out my sweet TNT flip flops I wore!

Long Island Half Marathon 2010

May 5, 2010

I thought I was ready for this and I was not. Today was one of those races where you realize that you must be flexible with your race plan. Last week I had an absolutly amaazing 6 mile run. I ran the last mile and a change with out stopping. No intervals no walking. This came about because my asthma was so bad that I was having trouble breathing and I didn’t want to stop running. I found my “happy pace” and it was amazing when it happened. This threw me off all week leading up to the half. I really felt that I should try and do the whole 13.1 based on the last 1 mile I ran last week. Knowing this was not a good plan I though I would shoot for  and 2 and a half hour time today. However, due to race day conditions and a lack of running for 3 weeks prior due to horrid allergies/ asthma I was truly shooting way out of my league for the day.

Nope. Rule number one:

Be FLEXIBLE with your race day plan!

The course: Boring as sin, flat, Did I also mention that the Long Island half is run on what is possibly the most un-interesting course in running history? The high point was a Home Depot.

Crowd support: Depressing, next to none, those that were there watched in silence. TNT and family the best of course!

The weather: Hot and Humid as hell, I knew it would be warm but I was NOT expecting 75 degrees and 90% humidity. Madonne!

Me: Absolutely over ambitious.

Attire: Race ready shorts, TNT singlet, Feetures socks, Zensah calve sleeves, bondi band, Disney Half visor, garmin heart rate monitor.

Miles 1-4: I started out absolutely waaaaay too fast for my own good. I trudged along and the humidity really was tiring me out much faster that it should be.

Miles 5-6: Slow and steady, trucking along the course hoping for some visual excitement. A clown, a magician, maybe a funny hat or sign. Nope nothing, nada.

Miles 7-9: Home Depot! My left hip tells me where to go and the joint is causing me horrible pain. I’m pretty sure at this point it needs to be replaced. Magdaly and I get on the parkway and are on the verge of tears. Is it over yet?

Mile 10-12: We walk. And walk some more. I can barely move, I feel like the Tin Man in the wizard of Oz. Any one have an oil can?

Mile 12-13: We see Training Captain Robin, who is an absolute bundle of energy even after running a million miles. We see here at mile 12. I now have marathon brain and think that we are starting mile 12, thankfully she corrects me. She runs Magdaly and I to mile 13 where we were picked up and run in with TC Nick and TC Jen, and coaches Ann, Dave, and Jamie.

Mile 13.1: We finally crossed the dammed finish line and this shit-show of a race was finally over. Someone give me a bagel!

I never want to do the Long Island half again. It was so un-motivating. But at least there was a medal!

Finish Time: 3:13:36

Ready to Run!

May 1, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates! The end of school has been in full force the past few weeks and will be for the next two more. I’ve been forced to write papers instead of blogs. Bummer. However…

Tomorrow is the Long Island Half Marathon! The race number is pinned to my singlet, my gear is ready to go and my Garmie is resting up for 13.1 tomorrow! I’m excited and nervous and don’t have a race plan. Last week I ran finally was able to run an entire mile with out stopping during my six miler. Since then I keep thinking I can go much faster tomorrow and actually run the whole 13.1 probably not a good race strategy. I think I’ll just go out on my regular intervals for the first 3 miles and take it from there after .

Race report to come!

Back to Back: Marcie Mazzola 5k Race Report

April 12, 2010

I ran back to back this weekend! I really was not sure about how I was going to feel about running 10 miles and a 5k on Sunday. However it was not that bad. Today I wasn’t feeling so hot, still very sore from yesterday.

Saturday 10 Mile training run: I woke up wheezing a bit, got dressed in shorts and a short sleeve and a threw a long sleeve over it. Then left to meet the team. It was a bit chilly when I left, but I thought I would be okay. It was way cooler there than by my. Luckily for me I had just cleaned out my car and had only a heavy fleece to wear. After we started running I ditched the fleece on the side of the trail. I got through the 10 miles and if it hadn’t been so chilly and my asthma was calmer, I would have had a stronger run. However, I managed and then had a nebulizer chaser once I got home.

I slept for a better part of the day then went to Buffalo Wild Wings with Kate and Chris, and proceeded to carbo-load on Sam Adams Noble Pils for Sunday.

Sunday Marcie Mazzola 5k: Tina and I completely forgot we signed up for this. Nor did we check our training schedule before signing up. So we ran it.

Race Report:

Tina and met up then drove together to the race. Packet pick up was that morning also. I expected it to be a zoo. Once we got there I was pleasantly surprised that we got there early enough to beat the crowds. Then we met up at our Team in Training tent and kvetched until it was time to line up.

The crowd was quite small. There was under 500 runners/ walkers. It was the smallest race I’ve been to and it was great to have a small pack. We took off down the street, turned a corner and then…

a HUGE hill :(

Seriously? Did they not know I just ran 10 miles the day before.

Tina and I chugged up it, complaining the whole way as our calves burned like hell.

That damn hill really knocked me off my game for the race. After about a third of a mile we finally got back into our interval groove, and enjoyed every downhill moment possible.

Before we knew it Garmie was chiming away letting me know that we were almost at 3 miles. Finally we sighted the finish line and sprinted down just under 40 minutes!

Offical Stats:

39:57 chip time

12:52 pace

Even though there was no timing mat at the start according to Garmie I ran:

3.15 Miles

39:58

12:41 pace

Pretty close to the chip time!

After the race we met up with My friend’s Joe and Kim and their little girl Isabella and went to Sweet Mama’s where I proceeded to eat myself silly. I had a CB Benny, which is 2 poached eggs over corned beef hash with home fries and texas toast. So yummy!

Then I went home slept and laid in bed. I was so incredibly sore. I looked like Frankenstein trying to walk up and down the stairs, my quads were burning so bad. Everything hurt. In fact I had so much pain in the front of my hip I wondered if I had a hernia.

Today however I’m not as sore as I thought I would be.

Overall: Not bad! I would do a back to back again, but plan it better. I said to Tina that this weekend was a small taste of what it would be like to do the Goofy marathon in Disney. (The Goofy is a half marathon on Saturday and a full on Sunday!)

I’m not sure about that.

Sunday made me realize that I must hill train for Marine Corp. I was informed on Saturday that the first 8 miles of Marine Corp is up hills, and with the whole “beat the bridge” at mile 20 (you need to keep a 14 min pace until mile 20) I’m going to have to be hard core about training. I plan to do some of the NYRR training long runs that they set up for the NYC full, which take place in hilly Central Park. I can’t wait for MCM!!

Have  a GREAT Week!!

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